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Swimbridge Barnstaple Devon EX32

Guide Price
£1,750,000
Mortgage calculator Ref: EXE180106
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 5 bathrooms
  • 4 receptions

An immaculately presented property with a cottage, landscaped gardens, outbuildings and 85.49 acres

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Situated at the end of a pretty wooded drive and nestled in its own private and secluded valley, Indiwell Farm is an immaculately presented, detached property which has been completely renovated by the current owners to create a superb, high specification house. All of the skirting boards, sash windows, wooden floors and wood panelling throughout the property have been replaced with bespoke oak. The attention to detail, both inside and out, is faultless.

An attractive Border Oak porch surrounds the front entrance, which leads into a boot room. This room features a distressed limestone flagstone floor, bespoke oak coat and shoe racks, and a built-in full-height refrigerator. The ground floor reception rooms are accessed via a welcoming entrance hall with oak flooring and an attractive oak staircase. The spacious kitchen/dining room is well-equipped with an oil fired 4 oven AGA, granite worktops and bespoke oak units, electric oven and hob, American style refrigerator/freezer, integrated dishwasher, waste disposal unit and a reverse osmosis water filtration system. A large window with a window seat looks out to the gardens, and the room has an attractive slate floor. A door leads through to a separate utility room with a slate floor, bespoke oak units and granite worktops, and to an oak-panelled cloakroom and WC.

Four reception rooms are located on the ground floor comprising a media room, sitting room, dining room/office and a snug. The media room is set up for a range of multimedia devices including Sky, and has a bespoke oak display/storage unit. The large sitting room, with an Inglenook fireplace, bread oven and a wood burning stove, enjoys a front-aspect and lovely views of the garden. There is also the dining room or office with French doors: as well as the snug featuring bespoke oak cabinets, a window seat and another wood burning stove.

Also situated on the ground floor is a large indoor heated swimming pool with climate control and an electrically operated cover. Three sets of bi-fold doors open out to the gardens, creating the illusion of an outdoor pool when desired. Adjacent to the pool area is a fully tiled shower room/ changing room with modern, stylish tiling. Just outside is a 700 series Beachcomber hot tub.

Upstairs, there are five spacious double bedrooms. The large double aspect master bedroom suite has a dressing area with bespoke oak wardrobes and an en suite with a Jacuzzi style double bath, a large walk in shower and a suspended double basin unit. The four other bedrooms are all presented to an equally high standard. Three of these bedrooms have bespoke, oak wardrobes and two have en suite facilities. The other two share a sizeable family bathroom.

The Cottage: Within the grounds is a cottage which has been renovated by the current owners to create a superb space which offers the potential for income via letting, or could be used as further accommodation for additional family members.

The cottage has an attractive, contemporary oak and glass staircase, with oak and slate floors, high vaulted ceilings with glass bannisters on the galleried landing and a wood burning stove. The accommodation comprises a sitting room, a kitchenette with a Neff combi oven, ceramic sink and a built-in refrigerator. There are two sizeable double bedrooms plus a modern wet room.

This property has 85.49 acres of land.

Outside

The property is situated in a private, secluded valley, surrounded by its own land. A well-maintained private drive, accessed via a mobile phone operated electric gate, sweeps down the wooded hillside which opens up to approach the house. To the side of the house and adjacent to the outbuildings, there is abundant space for numerous vehicles to park. All of the gardens are circled with lovely cleft chestnut fencing. All the fields are well gated, fenced and stock proof.

The landscaped gardens surrounding the house are outstanding. To the front of the property are three beautiful large ponds which cascade down the valley to a waterfall. A raised viewing platform with composite decking and frameless glass balustrades is situated above the ponds, positioned to take advantage of the wonderful views of the ponds, gardens, hills and grounds. A stone terrace surrounds the property, with a raised hot tub area to the side and a built-in fire pit with Portland stone floor and seating. Many areas of the garden, including the stone terraces and viewing platform, have been thoughtfully designed to create the ideal space for al fresco dining and entertaining. Exterior lighting has been installed within the stone terrace walls, and down-lighting provides ambient lighting on the exterior of the house.

There are large areas of lawn within the gardens, bordered by a variety of planting. A high quality tennis court, professionally installed by CentreCourt, lies within the grounds. Adjacent to the tennis court is a double glazed tennis pavillion, incorporating a changing room and ball store.

To one side of the house is a tiered area of garden with lovely views, an apple orchard, landscaped pathways and raised beds.

Outbuildings: Indiwell Farm has the benefit of a range of outbuildings including a fully panelled double garage with an up an over powered door, a garden store, a lean-to, a fully panelled barn currently set up as a ‘leisure barn’ and a sports hall which has been professionally marked up for games including badminton, soft tennis, basketball and indoor football.

The Land: The land is formed predominantly of sloping pastureland. The fields have all recently been re-fenced and are in good heart. The land is currently grazed on an annual grazing agreement. A new farm access has been put in the north eastern corner, allowing further access for larger agricultural machinery. In total, the land measures 85.49 acres.

Situation

Indiwell Farm is situated in a private and secluded position, within a valley surrounded by its own land. The pretty village of Swimbridge, approximately 0.8 miles away, has a number of amenities including an excellent village primary and pre-school, an historic parish church, village hall and a post office/general store. There is also the well-known Jack Russell public house, named after the Rev. John “Jack” Russell who developed the Jack Russell terrier and lived in Swimbridge. The fresh water spring which feeds Indiwell once provided all the village of Swimbridge’s water in the 19th century.

Barnstaple, approximately 6 miles away, is the regional retail and commercial centre with an extensive range of outlets including all the High Street favourites as well as a diverse selection of local stores. Barnstaple’s Pannier Market dates back to Saxon times and was voted in more recent times by the Independent Newspaper as one of the top ten food markets in Britain. It also trades in general goods, local crafts and collectables such as the legendary book market. It also has a well established theatre and there are a number of good state and private schools in the area.

The rugged North Devon Coastline, much of it owned and managed by The National Trust, provides wonderful opportunities for long distance walking along the South West Coast Path. The coastal resorts of Woolacombe, Putsborough, Croyde and Saunton Sands, all renowned for their outstanding beaches and excellent surfing, are within easy access. Just 7.5 miles away from Indiwell is the Exmoor National Park, with its many beauty spots and opportunities for walking and riding.

Sporting facilities in the area include the historic Royal North Devon Golf Club at Bideford, two championship golf courses at Saunton and the 200-year-old North Devon Cricket Club at Instow. There are also several prestigious shoots in the area including Castle Hill, whose land abuts Indiwell, consistently rated one of the UK’s best – if not its finest.

The cathedral city of Exeter, approximately 41 miles away, is the most thriving city in the South West. The city offers a wealth of cultural activities with the theatre, the museum, arts centre and a variety of good shopping, including John Lewis, Waitrose and many restaurants.

A number of primary and secondary schools can be found in Exeter including Exeter School and The Maynard School, whilst Exeter University is recognised as one of the best universities in the country.

Communication links to the property are excellent. Indiwell Farm is conveniently positioned for easy access to the North Devon Link Road, which links to the M5 and Tiverton, as well as the A39 for access to Cornwall. There is a two hour rail connection to London Paddington from Tiverton Parkway. Exeter Airport, approximately 45 minutes drive away, offers an increasing range of international and domestic flights, including two flights a day to London City Airport. Bristol Airport, approximately 80 miles away, offers an even greater choice of international flights.

Directions

From Exeter, take the M5 in the direction of Tiverton/Taunton. At Junction 27, leave the M5 to join the A361 in the direction of Barnstaple. Follow the road for approximately 25 miles. Turn left at the North Aller roundabout on to the B3226 and, after about only 150 metres, turn first right signposted Swimbridge. Indiwell Farm is almost 5 miles along this road on the right as you begin to descend down the hill towards Swimbridge. The drive for Indiwell Farm is a sharp right turning, bordered by a post and rail fence.

Other Features

  • Beautifully presented throughout
  • Flexible living accomodation
  • Two bedroom cottage
  • Range of outbuildings
  • Private location
  • 85.49 acres

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